According to Sports Hochi and Nikkan Sports, Yoshio Itoi is thinking about exercising his domestic FA option this winter. A number of teams, including Hanshin, will most likely be interested.
Itoi turned thirty-five in July. He has not missed a game so far this season and set a career high with fifty-one stolen bases. Since he is a rank B player, any team that signs him will be required to offer Orix compensation. Considering his age, the next team he signs with will most likely be his last.